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Old 02-08-2007, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it just me or does the electronic range calculation only calculate based on 10 gallons of gas. I have done the math and it always calculates as if a full tank is 10 gallons. I also noticed the low fuel indicator must be the same. It goes on at around 9+ gallons when the range indicator shows ---. Is this normal?
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It calibates itself every time you turn on the key. It should adjust itself higher as your fuel level gets lower.
When your full it may estimate conservative but becomes much more accurate as you approach empty.
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I agree with what your saying, but I still notice the low fuel indicator goes on at around 9+ gallons when the range indicator shows ---. Now that I know that I drive another 30+ miles and I still only put in 10+ gallons to fill up. The electronic range and the low fuel indicator are way off in my opinion.
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I agree with what your saying, but I still notice the low fuel indicator goes on at around 9+ gallons when the range indicator shows ---. Now that I know that I drive another 30+ miles and I still only put in 10+ gallons to fill up. The electronic range and the low fuel indicator are way off in my opinion.
Suzuki is playing it on the safe side - they don't want customers to run out of gas and then call them for the free emergency road side service!
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Suzuki is playing it on the safe side - they don't want customers to run out of gas and then call them for the free emergency road side service!
Not quite. Almost all manufacturers do this for one simple reason... extending the life of the fuel pump. That extra 2-4 gallons left in the tank are used to keep the fuel pump cool so it won't overheat and burn out quicker due to the tank being near empty.
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Not quite. Almost all manufacturers do this for one simple reason... extending the life of the fuel pump. That extra 2-4 gallons left in the tank are used to keep the fuel pump cool so it won't overheat and burn out quicker due to the tank being near empty.
Did you see the ? I've heard the fuel pump theory on message boards for years, but can't confirm that it's in any manufacturer's service literature or owner manuals - can you?
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So with that in mind, I guess if the light goes on at about 230 miles and I drive it to 280 before I fill it up, my fuel pump life will be shortened. Well hopefully it goes within the warranty and then they can just replace it
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Did you see the ? I've heard the fuel pump theory on message boards for years, but can't confirm that it's in any manufacturer's service literature or owner manuals - can you?
It was in the owner's manual for my 98 Buick Regal GS that I owned 3 years ago.
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